Shiny Black Amaranth
Adam has tried to grow some sort of new grain or staple crop almost every year he's had a garden at Linnaea Farm. These efforts have taught him lots but mostly a deeper respect for the farmers who provide our daily bread. He's have always been disappointed by the effort required to get results, but Shiny Black Amaranth changed all this
An all season winner of a crop! Leaves can be steamed and eaten in spring, beautiful, huge red/purple flowers in summer and easy to thresh seeds as a grain come September. Prechilling seed greatly helps germination. Start indoors in trays 4-6 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Can also be direct seeded once all danger of frost has passed.